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Cerebral Palsy Facts|
20% of children diagnosed with congenital
cerebral palsy developed CP due to a brain injury during the birthing process.
Approx. 765,000 children and adults in the
United States manifest one or more of the signs of cerebral palsy.
8,000 - 10,000 babies and infants are
diagnosed annually with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is identified in 1,200 - 1,500
preschool age children each year.
Cerebral palsy is the second most common
neurological impairment in childhood.
of one or more limbs is the most common disability now associated with new
cases of cerebral palsy.
45% of children with cerebral palsy also
develop mild or severe epilepsy.
Of congenital disorders, CP has the highest
life-term costs per new case, averaging $503,000 in 1992 dollars (approx.
$650,000 in 2003 dollars).
The degree of disability with CP is: mild
(24.9%), moderate (43.8%), and severe (31.3%).
The motor disability is: diplegia (36%), hemiplegia (20.5%), and quadriplegia
59% of families with a CP child have an income
of less than $30,000 per year. The child's medical care costs are assisted by
Medicaid in 63% of families.
84.5% of children with cerebral palsy
physical therapy 6 times a month, 50% receive occupational therapy
about 5 times a month and 37% see a speech therapist about 5 times a month.
A twin pregnancy results in a child with
cerebral palsy 12 times more often than a singleton pregnancy. This is
generally due to low birth weight and prematurity associated with twins.
Swedish data indicate that 36% of infants with
CP were born at less than 28 weeks gestational age, 25% at 28-32 weeks, 2.5%
at 33-38 weeks, and 37% at term (40 weeks).